Introduction to Malaysian cuisine

I fully admit that I’ve never been a rock star at geography. But even I was a little embarrassed when a group of Malaysian students joined my Alliance Francaise class in Nice, and I couldn’t even begin to tell you where Malaysia was. I did little to remedy my ignorance about Malaysian culture, other than […]

August 6, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Melbourne Open House

If there’s one thing I love about Melbourne, it’s that there is always something on. Last weekend, it was Melbourne Open House, a celebration of architecture in the cultural capital of Australia. 75 buildings opened up for the public to explore: beautiful churches, sustainable rooftop gardens, historic state buildings. The State Library of Victoria: it’s […]

August 3, 2011 Continue reading…

Best ways to work, play and stay in France

I may be in Australia now, but France will always have a piece of my heart. My first taste of international travel was a trip to Paris and Provence with my mom when I was 11. I spent a summer in Provence when I was 16, a summer in Paris when I was 19, had […]

July 31, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Grand Pacific Drive

My dislike for driving in general, compounded with my discomfort on the left side of the road, means that I’m generally stuck to seeing Australia by buses or trains. Every once in a while, however, an Australian takes pity on my car-less state and treats me to a road trip (like my Great Ocean Road […]

July 27, 2011 Continue reading…

The 80/20 rule of budget travel

I first learned about the Pareto principle in my university marketing courses: it states that roughly 80 percent of sales come from 20 percent of clients. The 4-Hour Work Week applied it to personal life as well: one thing that stuck with me is that we wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of […]

July 26, 2011 Continue reading…

Defining Australian world-class culture

“New York City is where you go to make it,” said the producer of Masterchef, a popular cooking reality TV show, when asked why the show took finalists for a week in the Big Apple. It struck me as odd that in order to “make it,” Australians need to leave their own country. Australian culture […]

July 23, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard of ice skating at Bondi Beach

Winter in Australia: it’s ice skating on a beach, curling up with a hot chocolate in front of a fake fire, wearing a beanie and gloves when you barely need a jacket. It might not snow in Sydney, but that doesn’t stop Australians from embracing the Hollywood vision of a winter wonderland.   Growing up […]

July 20, 2011 Continue reading…